Augustana Early Learning Center is an outreach ministry of Augustana Lutheran Church committed to quality care and development for each child. We welcome children of different races, genders, cultures, religions, national or ethnic origins, and handicaps. We offer reasonable tuition rates and a grant program in order to serve families from a variety of income levels.
Augustana Early Learning Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC is the largest and most widely recognized accreditation system for early childhood schools and child care centers in the United States. Accredited schools and centers maintain consistent high quality in all areas of service.
Our philosophy involves offering a quality program within a developmentally appropriate framework. We believe that play is the primary vehicle through which young children learn. We offer a rich array of experiences and activities that are designed to foster self-discovery, autonomy, and freedom to learn and create within a secure environment. Activities are open-ended and non-competitive so that all children may experience success. We see the child as a whole, with needs in all developmental areas: physical, cognitive, social and emotional. We value the diversity that different children lend to our program and promote curriculum and activities that affirm children of any race, religion or culture.
Our Program Offers
- Small class sizes
- Qualified, professional teachers
- Curriculum for total child development
- An extended arts program
- Nutritious foods
- Well-equipped indoor and outdoor facilities
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Ages and Hours of Operation
AELC accepts children from 18 months to school age. Our kindergarten and before- and after-school program picks up children from Palmer and Carson Elementary Schools.
The center is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. We operate year-round and are closed only for major holidays and one week in August each year.
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Children are enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis, with preference given to siblings, church members, and full-time students. We generally have waiting lists.
There is a $100 non-refundable enrollment fee for all families upon enrollment.
- Toddler Tuition (ages 18 months to 3 ½)
$195 per week
- Preschool Tuition (ages 3 ½ - until starts Kindergarten)
$175 per week
- K through 5th Grade (Before & After School)
$120 a week before and after school
$90 a week after school only
$80 a week before school only
$26 per day for less than 5 days (before and after school)
$21 per day for less than 5 days (after school only or before school only)
$175/ week when DPS is closed (i.e., Christmas, Spring Break)
Extra full days:
- additional $11/day for those paying $120 per week
- additional $16/day for those paying less than $120 per week
For example, if you are paying $120 per week for before and after care, and
DPS is closed for a planning day, your weekly tuition for that week would be
- AELC does not enroll before and after school children for less than two days
per week. There is no reduction in tuition if your child does not attend due to
school functions or enrichment activities.
- On non school days, we occasionally have space for siblings and former
students to attend, although they may not be enrolled at AELC on a regular
basis. These spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. Tuition
for these days is at a rate of $37 a day.
- Summer Program 2012 (children who will be in 1st – 5th grade)
$100 Activity/Registration Fee
$195 per week
$42 per day for less than 5 days – as space is available
There is a 5 percent discount off the tuition for the youngest child when there is
more than one child enrolled. All children must be enrolled full time to get
The Center, located at 5000 E. Alameda Ave., is under the direction of Christie Baroody, Director (303-388-7012 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
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